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Detroit Institute of Arts unveils a more sociable Kresge Court June 14 - New furniture, upscale menu, technology upgrade part of revitalized space

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Debut of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) refurbished Kresge Court. The unveiling is open to the public.

Friday, June 14, 10 a.m.

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.

Kresge Court, one of the DIA’s most architecturally stunning areas, has been transformed into a comfortable space where visitors can eat, drink, relax, socialize and meet informally. The revitalized space features stunning new furniture, lighting and easy technology access, including tables installed with iPads for visitors’ use.
A sophisticated menu of light fare, coffee and cocktails will be available during museum hours and a “cultural concierge” will be on hand to provide information about the DIA and Midtown happenings. Discrete areas are designed for different but overlapping activities, such as reading, studying, dining, meeting and conversation.

The project is funded by a $268,500 grant from ArtPlace, a collaboration of foundations, banks, and federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S.
Local designer Patrick Thompson designed the space in collaboration with the DIA’s ArtPlace partners, including NBS Commercial Interiors, Steelcase, Midtown Detroit Inc., the Detroit Creative Corridor Center and CultureSource. Bradford Frost, a Detroit Revitalization Fellow at the DIA, led the project from concept stage through its execution.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art. Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.